Sunday, September 18, 2016

Flower Scrappy Applique Quilt

I was inspired by a Riley Blake Design made by Lori Holt
I was looking for a quilt for my grand daughter Bella that was cheerful, and whimsical. I was able to use lot of my colorful scraps, and since she is a big Frozen fan I have a little bit of Elsa in there too.

The design is drawn on Pelon then sewn like the sample on the right. 
                                              Then the Pelon is cut and material is reversed like sample on the right.


Homemade Pesto

This is a real quick and easy recipe. It saves my basil from going to waste.

Ingredients: fresh basil 3 cups
fresh garlic 3 cloves
1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
Parmesan  cheese 1/2 cup
Salt to taste
1/2 cup of pine nuts or pecans

place garlic
And basil,ans nuts in chopper, drizzle olive oil over all, and pulse several times till well blended 
Place in empty ice cube trays and freeze, place in plastic baggie after pesto is frozen use for that fresh pesto taste in sauces,

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Raspberry Danish Roll

1/4 cup warm water to disolve 2 1/4 teaspoon yeast
1/2 cup milk
1 large egg

Danish fruit filling
 1 can raspberry pie filling

Dry ingredients:
2 1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 sticks cold butter cut into tablespoon size

Cream filling ingredients
1 cup cream
1 1/2 Tablespoon corn starch
2 Tablespoon sugar
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Glaze Ingredients
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 to 3 teaspoons milk

Mix 1/4 cup of water with yeast set to side until dissolved. In medium size bowl add milk, egg, and dissolved yeast. Mix well  set aside.

In a food processor place flour, sugar , and butter. Pulse 8 times. Butter will have large pieces. Place dry ingredients in a large bowl add wet ingredients, by folding gently a few times. Dough will have a rough look. Place in refrigerator over night with plastic wrap on top.

Next day dust board, or pastry cloth  heavy with flour. Roll out dough.
First roll out, stretch it out long and straight.
 Fold over on the edges, fold into square. Add flour lightly as needed so it doesn't stick to surface. 
This is after second roll out see the dough is starting to look less rough. Do this 3 times total.

This is how it will look after 3rd roll out, Cut in half wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 20 minutes to rest, or you can freeze at this point.

Cream Filling
While dough is resting make the cream filling.
To make cream filling place cream, corn starch,sugar, and egg yolk in glass micro wave safe bowl. Mix well. Place in microwave oven cook 1 minute at a time on high, Taking out of oven, and mixing. It will take about 3 to 4 minutes depending on your oven. Once thicken remove and allow to cool.Set to the side.

Take  dough out of ice box, roll out on to parchment paper to help you lift it to baking pan. Roll out to a 16x10 inch rectangle, 

Use pizza cutter ,to slice the both sides of dough. Cut 1/3 on each side. Brush with egg whites.

Fill with raspberry pie filling, Top with cream filling. Fold dough on top of each other, making crisscross folds with the dough.
 Brush with egg whites.
Let dough rise for 1 hour before baking.
Pre heat oven at 400 degrees 
Bake for 10 minutes
While cooling make icing by adding 2 to 3 teaspoons of milk to 1/2 cup of powdered sugar. Wait for the roll to cool before icing.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies

baking cookie sheet
parchment paper
spray vegetable oil
mixing bowls
standing mixer

1 stick butter soften
1 cup peanut butter smooth
1 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups oatmeal Make sure it's gluten free which means it's not produced in a factory that produces wheat products
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/.2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cups semi chocolate chips

Preheat oven 350 degrees

Beat butter,and  peanut butte r till smooth. Add sugar, and brown sugar till smooth. Add the eggs beat again till smooth. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla , baking powder, and baking soda beat till smooth.
Add dry ingredients oatmeal, coconut flakes, and chocolate chips.

Placed on greased parchment paper, Drop a tablespoon of dough slightly flatten. Bake for 12 minutes until lightly brown. Enjoy the crispy texture of this cookie.

Easy No Knead Artisan Bread

This is the easiest bread I've ever made. It's made like they use to make them in the 18th century. The crust is crispy, the crumb is tender with many air pockets. my family enjoys this one.

large heavy cast metal pot with lid
large bowl
plastic wrap
corn meal for sprinkling on the bottom

3 cups of flour
1/4 teaspoon yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups water

Place all dry ingredients in large bowl, mix well with whisk .

Add water mix well with a fork.  Dough will look like this, it will be sticky. Set aside to rise till next day on the counter covered in plastic wrap.

It will look like this after 18 hours smell yeasty. On a well floured bowl or board scrap out dough.
fold it over on it self flouring it  very heavy.

It will look like this. If your dough is still very wet flour again, and fold. Allow to rise for 2 hours.

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.  Place your heavy cast iron pot with lid on to heat for 30 minutes.
When pot is hot pull out of oven.


 take a handful of corn meal sprinkle on the bottom,  
Drop dough in pot do not touch hot pan.
place in oven with lid on bake for 30 minutes, 


Saturday, January 2, 2016

Tuscan Style Applique Quilt

Here are some of the steps of making this Tuscan Quilt. I received a sewing machine last year I have been practicing my free form quilting skills.

First I start out with a sketch of an idea, draw it out the actual size. This will serve as my pattern.

I had in mind to use reds, oranges, golds in materials.
Cutting out sunflower centers, basting into place.
Sewing ever petal, ironing preparing to place on quilt. I use to hand turn every piece, but now I sew same material together, turn inside out, cut open and iron for better results.

Baste all pieces together to make the sunflower, iron flat.
Putting trees in there place.
The start of quilting, Starting from the center of the quilt going out.
Quilts on parade to see some of my other quilts.